Thursday, July 2, 2009

Passion for Passion Fruit

Thoughts to Ponder: Children will take after their parents whether they are or aren't aware of it.

I never did think that I would be a person to take an interest in anything remotely related to gardening. In fact I once nearly let the whole garden dry up. Laziness... I know...

But sometime last year, I decided to discipline myself to at least water the garden regularly. Why the change of heart? Does it have anything to do with old age? I hope not.

Strangely in the course of this mundane and mosquito-feeding exercise, I find myself excited when plants bloom and bear fruit. I began to take an interest in specific plants in the garden: chili, mint, dragon fruits and the focus of this post: the passion fruit.

Originally, there were two young stunted plants in the garden. My friend gave me a seedling from Cameron Highlands as well, but that plant didn't last long. After months of staring at this ridiculous plant which didn't show any sign of progress, I actually got fed up.

Then as if to say, "Don't give up on me yet", the smaller plant bloomed one flower. It was the most interesting flower I have ever seen.

That rekindled my interest in caring for this plant. Today the two plants have flourished and taken over the entire clothesline.

It has become the envy of one of my neighbors, who chopped down his tree when it didn't bear fruit. But I have to restrain myself from getting too proud.

After all, I only gave it H20.

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit


Medie007 said...


how does it taste like?

Sasha said...

oi send some over!

Las montañas said...

ooh I love passion fruits! it gets a little while to get used to the tart/acid taste but it is delicious and full of vitamins.

JoMel said...

waaah.. you grow passion fruits ah? You must be very passionate then? hohohoho!!

This reminds me of the fruit farms in Bali, rows upon rows of passion fruit trees.. the fruits all dangling, tempting visitors to pluck... unfortunately not ripened! :(

Indeed eh.. you reap what you sow.

Bengbeng said...

i have never tasted passion fruit. i envy u. Yesterday I chopped down my big huge mango tree. Trees r too much maintenance

TZ said...

hmmmm.... should i self invite and drive 45 mins from KL to taste the passion fruits + B_ _F _OO_ _ _S. :p

EastCoastLife said...

The last photo is too beautiful! I love the vivid colour.

Jonzz said...

Medie: Sweet and sour, ha ha. LM describes the taste as tart.

Sasha: Not enough ripe fruit yet.

LM: I just get a kick out of seeing the vine fruit.

Jomel: It's quite a cool plant, the way it had a growth spurt.

BengBeng: This one is hardly a tree. Just a vine.

TZ: Next time, next time.

ECL: Thanks, I like it too.